Junk Junk Boat

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Nǐ hǎo!
According to my Google search, that is ‘Hello’ in Chinese.  So, what does that have to do with my post?  Let me give you a bit of background info. 

I am so super stoked about this month’s theme at Mixed Up: Recycle/Upcycle!!  (Excuse me my dear former English/Journalism professors, I know a writer is never, ever supposed to use multiple exclamation points...but come on...we are talking UPCYCLE!!!  See, I can’t help myself because recycling junk IS MY THING!!!!) 

And then, someone in the art world that I very much admire, both personally and professionally, paid me the utmost compliment with the label #queenofjunk!!!!! (Okay, I promise, I’ll cool it on the punctuation mark frenzy).

Now the pressure was on.  What would the so-called #queenofjunk create?  It came to me right away:  a Chinese Junk boat made from junk.  I have since found out from family and close friends this is another random example of trivia my brain has stored, rather than useful, possibly life-saving information.  A Chinese Junk, from the Javanese 'djong' meaning ship or large vessel, was used for transporting goods on rivers and seas beginning in the Han Dynasty and is still in use today.  

My Junk boat started as an unusual serving dish that I had picked up at a thrift store quite some time ago.  Pop over to the online classroom at Mixed Up to see how I transformed this junk store find into a Junk using junk!

See you there, 


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